New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jochen Menges explains how charismatic leaders speak to our emotions, and why we defer to them. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Hear)!
Vicki Wrona concludes her four-part series on project management obstacles with her reflections on unrealistic expectations and micro-management.
Mike Griffiths explains how to apply Lean Thinking precepts to your PMO, to deliver the most value with the least waste and highest utilization of available talent.
Cornelius Fichtner extracts the answer to one question he asked in each of 14 interviews at the PMI Global Congress 2016: Which is the interpersonal skill that you attribute the most of our success in your career to? Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Leigh Espy provides a complete, concise, and actionable tutorial on software project requirements.
Mark Mulally contemplates project management as a service function, and what that means to stakeholders, sponsors, and project managers.
Elise Stevens interviews Michel Dion on rescuing troubled projects with a brutal assessment and a new plan, followed by execution and intense monitoring. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Barry Hodge explains how to tailor Prince2 to each project. And yes, that’s an integral part of the method!
Harry Hall identifies seven common quality management failure modes.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile tribes to the learning value of prototyping, to the Goldilocks product development timeframe.
Johanna Rothman shows how to maintain visibility over the work you postpone with a Parking Lot.
Ryan Ripley interviews Bryan Beecham on the importance of simplicity, psychological safety, and continuous improvement. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Jay Melone addresses the big question on Design sprints: how do you get from validation to execution?
Tamás Török links us to the best Slack integrations for distributed software teams.
Art Petty catalogs some of the awkward moments—the ones that trigger our negative emotions—and advises on how to handle them.
Grace Windsor explores ways to apply emotional intelligence techniques to enhance team collaboration.
Technology and Techniques
Mordaxus starts a series where he will complain about information security practices with a short didactic on security models.
Cathy Nolan reports on the growing use of Internet of Things technology by retailers, as they watch us shop and try to understand (and influence) our behavior.
Joe Wynne starts a series on managing robotic process automation projects for CRM applications. The fact that I can type this, you get what it means, and we both treat it as A Thing astounds me to no end.
Bill Gates wants us to tax the robots who take human jobs. Even the ones shaped like paper clips? OK, maybe that’s an obscure reference …
Working and the Workplace
Brendan Toner touts OneNote as the ultimate tool for blogging (I use it for just about all of my writing and note taking these days).
Bertrand Duperrin points to recent studies that found needlessly complex processes kill productivity and reduce employee engagement.
Elizabeth Harrin shares a long list of the small strategies that help her to be efficient in her multiple roles.
Lolly Daskal reminds us that time management is only one piece of the productivity and effectiveness puzzle.
Lisette Sutherland focuses on maintaining our health when working remotely by being mobile. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 16 – 22. And this week’s video: neuroscientist Daniel Levitin explains how to stay calm, even when you know you’ll be stressed, and minimize the downside.
Must read (or hear)!
Ryan Ripley interviews Steve McConnell on software estimation in an Agile context and strategies to avoid bad estimation practices. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Tiago Palhoto explains the use of relative and absolute estimates in Agile projects.
Farhad Manjoo reports on the growing call for massive government investment in the US robotics industry.
John Goodpasture reflects on the way we perceive risks and those who identify them.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kristy Tan Neckowicz and Connie Inman on identifying and rescuing troubled projects. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy goes into detail on the Project Charter: why it’s needed, what it should contain, and the benefits derived from having a good one.
Kerry Wills wants our input for his new book on an evolved competency model for project managers. A simple survey, less than five minutes.
Mike Clayton gives us an overview of PRINCE2 2017 – from what it is to what’s changed.
Atif Qureshi provides a beginner’s overview of the most common project management and product development methodologies.
Michel Dion offers criteria for judging whether a project is, indeed, a project.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly roundup of all things Agile, from Zombie Scrum to feature flags and Product Owner assessment.
Mike Griffiths follows up on his Agile DNA webinar and provides a link to the recording.
Natalie Warnert distinguishes between capacity and velocity and explains why the difference matters.
Andy Makar reflects on five lessons learned from teams new to Agile methods.
The Clever PM explains how to work with Service teams – the folks who spend the most face time with your customers – to gather information and drive acceptance.
Lolly Daskal suggests few things you can do to be perceived as a leader.
Ed Harrington explains how to get your team, your stakeholders, and yourself past negativity bias.
Nick Pisano offers an impassioned defense of empiricism and objective truth.
Coert Visser argues for a revival in the belief of the relevance of evidence.
Technology and Techniques
Evans Walsh points out the key steps to take when migrating databases.
Bertrand Duperrin contrasts the business cases for Slack and Microsoft’s Slack-clone, Teams.
James Clear offers the beginner’s guide to deliberate practice.
Working and the Workplace
Matt Kapko reports on LinkedIn’s ranking of the ten most promising jobs for 2017.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Harry Hall shares a few ideas to improve our project cost management approach. Less than four minutes, safe for work.
Kailash Awati examines the potential for data science to do considerable damage when we ignore social and ethical considerations. Weapons of math destruction, indeed!
Art Petty describes the “energy sinks” (the opposite of “source”) that burn us out and lists some actions we can take to turn them off.
Jesse Lynn Stoner suggests that humiliation might be a gift – a wake-up call – and quotes Gandhi’s comment on the proverb: the truth hurts.
Atif Qureshi curated responses to a request for predictions: what will be the top project management trends in 2017? Of course, he has his own predictions.
Leigh Espy shared a simple but complete scope statement template for download. Just name and Email required.
Mike Clayton posts a basket full of ideas that have nothing to do with project management that will nevertheless help us be more effective project managers.
Samuel Bacharach describes the characteristics of four type of influencers – Top Dogs, Gatekeepers, Gurus, and Players – who can make or break your project.
Mike Griffiths introduces a loose series of blog posts on the #NoProjects principle of continuous software development.
Kristyn Medeiros waxes poetic on the stoplight colors we use for status reporting.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Guerrilla Innovation to Kanban metrics to saying no to customers.
Craig Brown makes the case for still using Planning Poker, even after you’ve been using Agile methods for a while.
Derek Huether created an infographic that enumerates qualities of good and bad ScrumMasters.